Hall Cave Management Plan

Hall Cave Management Plan Introduction The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania purchased Hall Cave and 9.475 acres of classic Pennsylvania karst for the purposes of creating a preserve. Hall Cave has been surveyed to a depth of 80 feet and a length of 380 feet and has […]

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Hall Cave Bat Count

Mike Schirato and Kaleb Hammond performed a bat count at the MAKC’s Hall Cave Preseve. Upon arrival we cleaned up some limbs along the access road up to the cave. Overall things looked good. There is some unstable rock at the cave entrance and dirt eroding into the entrance is slowly starting to choke off […]

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Hall Cave Collecting

Once our MAKC bat counting crew discovered White Nose Syndrome in Hall Cave, the conservancy immediately contacted Greg Turner of the Pennsylvania Game Commission to document a new site and a new county for WNS. Within four days Greg and researchers from Bucknell University returned with Kerry Speelman and Mike Kern to document and verify […]

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Hall Cave Paid Off

Fund raising for our Hall Cave Preserve slowed a bit since our initial efforts after acquiring the cave in October of 1998. Donations kept trickling in, but not at the enthusiastic pace at the outset of the acquisition. Near the end of the summer, MAKC member Bruce Dunlavy steered a grant application our way from […]

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MAKC Proposal to Open Caves in 2010

MISSION The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy was established by Western Pennsylvania cavers in 1997 for the following purposes: • Preserving, ensuring access to, acquiring, and managing caves and karst areas for conservation, scientific study, and recreational caving. • Education of landowners, cavers, and the general public in the importance of caves and karst resources and ways […]

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Hall Cave Preserve

The Hall Cave Preserve, located in Huntingdon County, was the first preserve of the MAKC. Located on 9.45 acres of karst land, previous owners Bill and Martha Anderson wanted to ensure that the property was preserved. Bill loved the cave and cavers, letting them change clothes in his garage, playing the harmonica, and chatting about […]

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